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Report: Raiders to fire Kiffin
Sources have told ESPN's Chris Mortensen that Oakland Radiers owner Al Davis intends to fire coach Lane Kiffin as early as today, September 22. ESPN's report indicates team officials have informed Kiffin of the impending move, which will follow Sunday's 24-23 loss to the Bills. The Raiders allowed 17 points in the final eight minutes to fall to 1-2 on the young season. Kiffin's job has been in question since January, when he and Davis argued over the team's defensive coordinator, and Davis sent Kiffin a letter of resignation to sign. (
Selig buys ad explaining Astros move
On the day Major League Baseball announced it will donate $500,000 to benefit victims of Hurricane Ike, commissioner Bud Selig and MLB took out a full-page ad in the Chronicle in response to criticism over the moving of two recent Astros games to Milwaukee's Miller Park. The Astros lost both games to the Chicago Cubs, who had been set to visit Minute Maid Park, and were no-hit by Carlos Zambrano last Sunday night. The players, manager Cecil Cooper and some officials in the Houston area have faulted Selig over the move, saying it was unfair to a team in the race for the National League wild card. "I recognized the advantage the Cubs would have in playing in such close proximity to Chicago, and had there been a better option, I would have taken it," Selig wrote in the ad on page C16 of the Sports section. "All of us involved in the decision regret the frustration the Astros and their fans felt about playing two games in Milwaukee." Selig said roofed ballparks in Minneapolis, Phoenix and St. Petersburg, Fla., were not available. "We did not think it was fair to play games on the West Coast" with the Astros heading to Miami to face the Marlins, the commissioner said. Selig wrote that he has heard the complaints of Astros fans. (Houston Chronicle)
Leyland: Don't expect big Tigers signing
When baseball's free-agent market opens for business after the World Series, much of the focus will be on star pitchers CC Sabathia and Francisco Rodriguez. They are expected to sign multiyear contracts worth tens of millions of dollars. Based on what Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Sunday, it seems unlikely that either will throw a pitch for Detroit next season. "We're not going to go out and say, 'Well, it didn't work out, go get another (player) and spend whatever you want,' " Leyland said. "That's not going to happen, and it shouldn't happen." This year, the Tigers maintained a payroll of roughly $134 million. It's not clear what amount team owner Mike Ilitch will authorize for 2009, but a top-of-the-market player such as Sabathia or Rodriguez will probably not fit into the budget. (Detroit Free Press)
Must-See Photo
Derek Jeter waves to fans after the last regular season game at Yankee Stadium on September 21, 2008. The Yankees will play in their new stadium in 2009 after 85 years in the old park.(Al Bello/Getty Images)
Must-See Video
Boo Weekly celebrates his win and America's first Ryder Cup victory since 1999.

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Game To Watch
Indians at Red Sox, 7:05 p.m. ET -- Boston looks to clinch a playoff spot with one more win.
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This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Nolan Ryan
1993 -- At the age of 46, Nolan Ryan pitches his last game.
1991 -- Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula records his 300th career NFL victory.
1911 -- Cy Young beats Pitts 1-0 for his final career victory, number 511.


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